rm is the command to remove files

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Recovering accidentally deleted files

I accidentally deleted a file from my laptop. I'm using Fedora. Is it possible to recover the file?
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How do I delete a file whose name begins with “-” (hyphen a.k.a. dash or minus)?

How do you remove a file whose filename begins with a dash (hyphen or minus) -? I'm ssh'd into a remote OSX server and I have this file in my directory: tohru:~ $ ls -l total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 me ...
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Why can rm remove read-only files?

If I create a file and then change its permissions to 444 (read-only), how come rm can remove it? If I do this: echo test > test.txt chmod 444 test.txt rm test.txt ...rm will ask if I want to ...
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Does 'rm .*' ever delete the parent directory?

The expression .* is expanded by bash to include the current and parent directories: $ ls -la total 2600 drwxrwxrwx 2 terdon terdon 2162688 Sep 10 16:22 . drwxr-xr-x 142 terdon terdon 491520 Sep ...
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Make `rm` move to trash

Is there a Linux script / application which, instead of deleting files, moves them to a special “trash” location? I’d like this as a replacement for rm (maybe even aliasing the latter; there are pros ...
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What does *~ mean?

At the end of a makefile I saw rm -f *~ *.class I understand the *.class, but what's *~?
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Where do files go when the rm command is issued?

Recently I accidentally did rm on a set of files and it got me thinking where exactly these files end up? That is to say, when working with a GUI, deleted files go to the Trash. What's the equivalent ...
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How to remove all empty directories in a subtree?

How can I remove all empty directories in a subtree? I used something like find . -type d -exec rmdir {} 2>/dev/null \; but I needs to be run multiple times in order to remove directories ...
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How does rm -r go about recursively removing? In what order?

Is there some order of operations to rm? I performed rm on a large directory and am curious where I should look to see what might have been deleted. Does rm work on files first, then directories? Or ...
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Cannot delete a file - permission denied - why?

[db2inst1][testing ~/sqllib/db2dump] rm db2diag.log rm: cannot remove `db2diag.log': Permission denied [db2inst1][testing ~/sqllib/db2dump] id uid=1002(db2inst1) gid=107(db2iadm1) ...
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Deleting files by age

Is there a command to delete all the files in a directory that haven't been modified in N days? I need to clean up some old logs.
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How do I recursively shred an entire directory tree?

I have a directory tree that I would like to shred with the Linux 'shred' utility. Unfortunately, shred has no -R option for recursive shredding. How can I shred an entire directory tree ...
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“no such file or directory” message when deleting a file that exists on NTFS

I have a directory with images. Suddenly I found out that there's a new image with a new name. The image content is similar to another image in another directory but with a different name. I didn't ...
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Efficiently delete large directory containing thousands of files

We have an issue with a folder becoming unwieldy with hundreds of thousands of tiny files. There are so many files that performing rm -rf returns an error and instead what we need to do is something ...
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Is there any way to prevent deletion of certain files from user owned directory?

Let's say user has Directory1 and it contains File1 File2 CantBeDeletedFile How to make so the user would never be allowed to delete the CantBeDeletedFile? If I change the ownership of Directory1 and ...
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Deleting all files in a folder except files X, Y, and Z

I have a lot of files and folders in a specific folder and I want to delete all of them; however, I wanted to keep files X, Y, and Z. Is there a way I can do something like: rm * | but NOT grep | X ...
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How do I recursively delete directories with wildcard?

I am working through SSH on a WD My Book World Edition. Basically I would like to start at a particular directory level, and recursively remove all sub-directories matching .Apple* - how would I go ...
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How to recover files I deleted now by running rm *? [duplicate]

By mistake I ran rm * on the current directory where I created many c program files. I had been working on these since morning. Now I can't take out again the time that I spent since morning on ...
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How can I delete a file with no name

I somehow managed to create a file that doesn't seem to have a filename. I found some information regarding how to get more details of the file in the following thread. However, I tried some of the ...
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What's the best way to format a HDD in Linux in order to leave no trace?

I'm running Debian and need a way to format the entire hdd in order to not leave any trace on it because I want to donate it to a friend. So what will be the best way in order to format it? If I ...
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Cron job to delete files older than 3 days

I need to remove files older than 3 days with a cron job in 3 different directories. (these 3 directories are children of a parent directory /a/b/c/1 & /a/b/c/2 & /a/b/c/3) Can this be done ...
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How to delete directories based on `find` output?

I issue the following command to find the .svn directories: find . -name ".svn" That gives me the following results: ./toto/.svn ./toto/titi/.svn ./toto/tata/.svn How could I process all these ...
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I can't remove a directory tree with rm -rf

This seems very strange to me. I'm running kernel 2.6.37.2 and ran: ~]$ cp -r /proc/ here ~]$ rm -rf here I get some permission denies when copying as expected and I eventually hit Control-C. I get ...
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How to delete the files in one folder which are more than 60 days old in UNIX?

I know how to delete the files which are more than 60 days old by modification time, but I want to delete files based on a timestamp in the file name. For example, I have the below files for each day ...
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How to delete this undeletable directory?

I untarred a corrupt tar file, and managed to end up with some directory that I can not delete, If I try to delete it, it seems like it can not be found, but ls shows it's present, both with bash and ...
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Making a directory protected from 'rm -rf'

I just lost some data in folder A which was inside folder B after doing rm -rf B. Before I could realize what have I done, it was all over. Now a lesson is learnt, I wish to make some of my folder ...
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How can I delete all files with a particular extension in a particular folder?

If I set the current/working directory (navigating to it using cd) to some particular directory and then type: rm *.xvg What will this command do? Is it true that the above command will only ...
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Can I make `rm` interactive only when using globbing? (in either bash or zsh or both)

Whenever I rm multiple items at once with shell globbing and there's even the slightest possibility that the pattern expands to more than I expect it to, I always try to remember to add -i, but (of ...
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Delete files and directories by their names. No such file or directory

I need to delete all compiled data: directories called build, directories called obj, *.so files. I wrote a command find \( -name build -o -name obj -o -name *.so \) -exec rm -rf {} \; that ...
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Remove accidentally extracted files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to de-unzip, de-tar -xvf — de-unarchive in a messy folder? This is a pretty annoying occurrence. Sometimes, I download an archive (tar.gz, tar.bz2, zip, rar, ...
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No space on device when removing a file under OpenSolaris

While trying to mount a NFS share (exported from an OpenIndiana server) on a client box, the OI server crashed. I got the black screen of death, what looked like a log dump, then the system restated. ...
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How to forbid the execution of /bin/rm -f *?

I cannot remember how many times I've listed a subdirectory and executed /bin/rm -f * in the current directory. Can anyone give suggestions to help me avoid this? What should I do if I want the system ...
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Is there a UNIX command to list all recently removed files from a system

Accidentally a rm -rf command was launched to my root directory instead of current directory. I stopped file removing by Ctrl+C but some files has already been removed. Is there a LINUX command to ...
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Delete files in a directory that match a regexp, using a Mac terminal

How do I delete files in a directory that match a given regexp, or a similar solution, using a Mac terminal?
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Unable to delete file, even when running as root

I am in the process of migrating a machine from RHEL 4 to 5. Rather than actually do an upgrade we have created a new VM (both machines are in a cloud) and I am in the process of copying across data ...
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Remove files older than 5 days in UNIX (date in file name, not timestamp)

I want to delete log files which are older than 5 days from a directory. But deletion should not be based on the timestamp of file. It should be based on the name of file. For Example todays date is ...
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Move files and delete directories with rsync?

Recently I needed to delete a large number of files (over 1 million) and I read that doing: rsync -av --delete `mktemp -d`/ ~/source && rmdir ~/source Was one of the most optimized ways to ...
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Why is rm slow?

I have been trying to use rsnapshot for making backups, but I'm finding it unusable. While it is able to diff a directory (50gb) and duplicate it (hardlinking every file) in a few minutes, and I can ...
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File deletion under special conditions, recursively if possible

I am looking for a unix command sequence, which is able to perform a quite complex, conditional deleting action. All files with the extensions "[NAME].cut" and "[NAME].cut.bak" shall be deleted, IF ...
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If “rm dir -r” has removed just partial content of dir/dir1/, has it not removed anything in dir/dir2/? [duplicate]

If rm dir -r has removed just partial content of dir/dir1/ (and I cancelled rm), has it not removed anything in dir/dir2/ if dir/dir2/ still exists and contains something? My OS is Ubuntu 14.04 and ...
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deleting a 'file' under /proc or /dev

I am using a cowdancer/debootstrap setup to generate a chroot. Of course, as I iterate, I generate some chroot configurations that are bad. I have found myself in an awkward situation where I have ...
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mv file without write permission to the source file

I just realised that I can move a file that I do not own and don't have write permissions on. I have write permissions to the directory, so I am guessing that is why I could move it, but in this ...
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How do I remove a file I accidentally created named $file?

I was working on a shell script and I accidentally created a file with the variable as its name. Now I have $file in my ls output, and cannot remove it. What can I do?
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Bulk remove a large directory on a ZFS without traversing it recursively

I want to remove a directory that has large amounts of data on it. This is my backup array, which is a ZFS filesystem, linear span, single pool. The data is in this pool called san, mounted on /san ...
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rm not deleting file, thinks its a directory

I have a hard drive with windows loaded on it hooked up to my Linux machine for backing up some of the information. I want to delete one of the 'temporary internet files' folders and it deleted all ...
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How to delete 2 months back files in unix

Say I have below log files, AA_XX_20130719185428.log exec_xxx_cpb_20130712182453.log 13122013121327_AR_INC_DOBC_1.dprf.log 24122013_masterscript.LOG Date part contains both date and time. I want ...
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Scripting `rm` and `rm -i`

I want to create a script that whenever there are more than three files being removed, it invokes rm -i by default. I know it will go in initialization files but can't seem to get it working. So far: ...
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Capturing new output after deleting the output file

I'm runnig a java server on Debian with this command: java -jar myapp.jar [args] >> log.txt Once I gzipped the log file to send it and then I realized the original file was gone, leaving me ...
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Free disk space from a JBoss log file which is still being written to

Is there any locking on the content, imposed by the process if at all the process is using the file. We host a JBoss app server on a RHEL 6.4 OS and due to the disk space constraints we have decided ...
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Speeding a find rm command with test through parallelization

I want to recursively delete all files in directories and subdirectories with number of lines less than 10, and am currently using the following command find . -type f -name "*.txt" | while read; do ...